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I have hp desktop switch mother board to acerpower ht and now it frezzes ever time please help

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Did you state that you switched an HP desktop motherboard, to an Acer Power HT desktop computer, and you wonder why it freezes?

When Windows is installed on a computer, it assigns hash values, to the major hardware components inside the computer.

Think of the hash values as serial numbers, but no personal information is attached.
This was implemented by Microsoft a long time ago, to deter thievery of their Operating Systems.
(Windows XP is an example of an O/S)

Change two or more hardware components, and a 'red flag' goes up. Microsoft User's License states, "ONE Genuine copy of Windows per ONE computer".

Change two or more hardware components, and Windows will 'think' this genuine copy of Windows is being stolen. Being put on more than one computer.

You know, and I know, it isn't being stolen. You OWN that genuine copy of Windows on that Harddrive. As long as it stays on THAT harddrive, it isn't being stolen.

[Microsoft makes one Master disk of an Operating System.
{My understanding there is just ONE}
GENUINE copies are made from that Master disk, and sold]

Some of the hardware components are as follows;

A) Motherboard

Three major components here actually.
1) The motherboard chipset. (Northbridge and Southbridge chipset,

(More on this in a moment)

2) The BIOS program on that BIOS chipset, plus the version, and when it was made.

3) The GPU.
In this context it would be Integrated Graphics.
Integrated Graphics is also referred to as OnBoard Graphics.
ON the motherBOARD.

The GPU chipset is soldered directly to the motherboard.
(GPU = Graphics Processing Unit, )

B) Processor:
If you haven't used the same Processor, you have changed another hardware component.

C) Ram Memory. If this isn't the same Ram Memory, you have changed another hardware component.

D) Graphics Card:
If you are using a dedicated graphics card, and not the Integrated Graphics the computer came with, you are changing another hardware component.

What to do?
Punt, and go long.


You have to get the Windows Activation screen to come up. No sir/maam, I do not know an easy way to do it.

If you get past the BIOS splash screen, and to the Windows start page, hopefully the Activation warning pop-up, will come up.

(Activate your copy of Windows)

If you see this pop-up, Left-click on it.
Choose - Call Microsoft.
It's a toll free number.
(Means ZERO if you're using a pre-paid cell phone, I know!)

I like it better than using the internet. There's a choice of speaking to a human being.
Upon calling you may get a computer automated voice.
Make a buzzing sound after the computer voice gives you the first question.
Computer Voice: "I'm sorry but I did not hear you clearly"

Do this three times, and you'll be referred to a flesh, and blood human being.

After you left-click on Call Microsoft, your computer screen will change.
You will see a series of Blocks, with letter/numbers in them.
The Microsoft representative will ask you what you wish to do.

Activate. (Your motherboard burned up, and you changed it out)
The representative will state, "Hold On", or something to that effect.
There will be a small period of silence.

You will then be asked to repeat the letter/numbers in Each block, One block at a time. Speak CLEARLY.
You don't want to mess this up.

If memory serves there are 6 blocks, and 6 letter/numbers in each block.
After you have given all the letter/numbers in each block, and all blocks, the representative will give you letter/numbers back.

They go into the empty blocks towards the bottom of your screen.
Left-click once in the first block. Type the letter/numbers given to you.
MAKE SURE you understand them clearly!

Ask the representative nicely to repeat each set, if you do not understand what they are saying.
After you have filled the first block, the cursor will automatically go to the second block. You don't have to make the cursor go there.

When all blocks are filled there will be silence again.
You are expected to know that you have to go towards the bottom right, and left-click on ACTIVATE.

That's it! You're done.
{The Windows Product Key will now be changed. The one on the outside of your computer is no good now)

If this does not cure the problem, or if there is information you left out, post in a Comment.
Let's see if we can cure this problem.

[Motherboard Chipset:

For the HP, and Acer Power HT, the motherboard chipset is the Northbridge, and Southbridge chipset.

Looking at the motherboard diagram in the Wikipedia link above, CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. Another term used is Microprocessor, or simply Processor for short.

Memory Slots stands for Ram Memory slots.

The Northbridge 'communicates' with the CPU, through the Front Side Bus. (FSB)
Think of the FSB as an 'Information Highway'.
Data (Information) flows from the Processor through the FSB, and through the FSB back to the Processor.

The Northbridge chip handles the Processor, Ram Memory, and high speed graphics.

[High speed graphics being AGP, or PCI Express.
A graphics card inserted into a PCI slot, is Not high speed graphics.
Integrated graphics is Not high speed graphics.
Anything to do with PCI is a slow process of the computer ]

[Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit]

The Northbridge chip 'communicates' with the Southbridge chip via another Bus.
The Internal Bus.

The Southbridge chip handles the slower processes of the computer.
Anything to do with PCI technology, Integrated graphics, IDE, or SATA, (Harddrive's, and external SATA ports), the USB ports, Ethernet ports, and so on.

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